Jordi Bernadó

(Spain, 1966)

Hic Sunt Leones is a poetic and original reflection about the theme of prison design. This fiction introduces the Mas d’Enric Penitentiary, designed by AiB arquitectes and Estudi PSP Arquitectura and built in Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain). The usual narratives of architecture communication are completely subverted. The short film mostly focuses on the concept which is at the basis of the design and explores the delicate, intimate sense of isolation which is connected to some of the most intense experiences in human life, such as sin and prison.

The film was produced as part of the book “Critical Prison Design,” published in 2014 by Actar and authored by architect Roger Paez, principal at AiB arquitectes.